Online course details
Part-time: 3 years
£8,145 (2020/21) ‡
£8,145 (2020/21) ‡
January, September, May
Online course description
Protecting the Earth’s environment has never been more important in the survival of the human species and the interdepending ecosystems. Today’s environment is under countless threats from the effects of pollution. Increased awareness of issues linked to rising pollution levels has culminated in a series of key questions:
- When and where did the pollution issues originate?
- Who is responsible and how can these issues be rectified?
Environmental practitioners are required to address these questions through applying appropriate assessment and controls as part of the broader remit to preserve, restore and develop a sustainable world for future generations.
Developed in line with real word issues and global policy agendas
The global sustainability agenda is gaining significant momentum and environmental practitioners are increasingly expected to be able to effectively manage environmental pollution alongside other environmental management and sustainability matters.
On this programme, you will develop the critical knowledge and crucial skills to assess pollution sources and pathways, manage its impact as well as understand pollution problems and provide evidence base to support decision and policymaking. These are key initiatives featured in a recent report conducted by The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessments, defining the programme's key areas.
Apply your scientific knowledge through fieldwork with our one week residential
Understand the intricate processes of conducting fieldwork, analysing the results in our very own state-of-the-art laboratories. The residential will last one week, helping you to complete a number of modules on the programme as well as gaining real world experience and developing key technical skills. Activities will range from strategic sampling protocols in freshwater and contaminated land as well as the quality assurance aspects of data generation using a range of analytical techniques.
Taught by academics who are active researchers
The programme has been designed by an enthusiastic team of environmental science experts and employers in line with professional body requirements. This ensures that teaching is driven by up-to-date developments in the field of pollution management, developing essential practical and academic skills for careers in environmental assessment, remediation and management.
We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.
Achieve a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Masters award
The online MSc Environmental Assessment and Control programme comprises three progressive stages; Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert), Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) and Masters (MSc):
You will be required to achieve 60 credits to complete each award within the programme, 180 credits will be needed to achieve the Masters.
You will be awarded a:
- Postgraduate Certificate in Environmental Assessment and Control once you have passed 3 core modules (60 credits)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Assessment and Control upon passing all the 6 core modules (120 credits)
- Master of Science in Environmental Assessment and Control upon passing an Independent Study module worth 60 credits (180 credits)
We would encourage you to complete the full MSc, but if you prefer, you can still gain an exit award at each stage: a PG Cert or a PG Dip.
You can also study Environmental Assessment and Control MSc on campus
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
Pace of study
We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester.
This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.
You will usually need either an Honours degree in a related scientific subject (at least second class) or equivalent experience.
English language qualifications
If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification*. For this course you will need at least one of the following:
- IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in any areas)* - also accepting IELTS Indicator (where available)
- TOEFL 580 (paper based) 237 (computer based) or 92 (internet based) - also accepting TOEFL online
- Pearson Test of Academic English: 58
- Cambridge Advanced Certificate: Pass
- London Tests of English: we accept level 5 for postgraduate courses
- International GCE O Level English Language: Grade C
- International GCSE English/English as a Second Language: Grade C.*
*If you have a minimum of IELTS level 4.5 you can study our Certificate of Credit in English for Academic Purposes which we will accept as evidence that you are able to perform at a suitable level of IELTS 6.0. We will also accept the Certificate of Credit as evidence that you can perform at GCSE level.
‡2020/21 Fees for new entrants
Starting between September 2020 and August 2021.
| ||Per 20 credits||Modules||Cost|
||7 (six 20 credit modules and one 60 credit module)
About your fees
This figure would be the total cost of this course in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.
However, please also note that you can receive a 5% discount if you either:
- Pay your full course fees upfront, or
- When enrolling in September, pay for all of your modules to be studied in that academic year upfront
There are no additional costs by attending the block week. Although you will be expected to forgo the costs of travel and accommodation. We will assist you in finding accommodation either at our halls of residence or close by. All travel to sites, laboratory equipment and fieldwork tools will be provided by the University.
You are encouraged to attend the residential in order to develop key practical skills that are essential to your career progression. We do recognise that in some cases this might not be possible. Please contact the programme leader to discuss your circumstances. A non-attendance at the block week will culminate following an alternative (non-fieldwork and laboratory-based) route which is a less practically focused pathway. There is no residential for students wishing to start in the May intake.
Flexible payment plans available
Choose from three payment plan options:
Pay monthly and only for the modules you are studying
Pay your full course fees upfront, receive 5% discount and avoid annual increases
Pay for all modules studied in the year and receive a 5% discount (September enrolment only)
Masters funding options
Depending on where you are from in the UK or EU, and on your pace of study, you may be eligible for a postgraduate student loan. Accessible through Student Finance, this is a non-income based loan to help with living costs and tuition fees whilst studying your masters programme.
Students should apply directly to the University.
Documents to support your application
You'll need to provide:
- Photo ID – this could be your passport or driving licence
- Current CV
- Written reference supplied on headed paper from either a manager, supervisor, tutor or teacher
- Copies of certificates and transcripts or a letter of testimony for previous qualifications*
*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:
- Confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document
- The date of the translation
- The full name and signature of the translator, or an authorised official of the company
- The translator’s contact details
A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.
All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.
The need to manage environmental pollution as part of the broader sustainability agenda has increased employment opportunities for graduates with an MSc in Environmental Control and Assessment.
Successful completion of this degree can therefore lead to prestigious roles such as Environmental Consultant, Process Leader, Operations Manager, Environmental Monitoring Technician, Geo-environmental Consultant, Skills and Learning Coordinator, amongst other roles in the Environmental profession.
You could also consider further study and research towards a PhD qualification.
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